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Grace Paley’s Crowded World
In her life, as in her writing, the boundaries between the personal and the political were remarkably porous.
June 26, 2017
Percival Everett’s Abstract Art
His new novel,
So Much Blue
, is a meditation on seeing and abstraction, and it might be key for recognizing a new form of literary social critique.
June 1, 2017
J.M. Coetzee’s Essential Protestantism
In his last two novels, Coetzee has tried to recover the scandal and strangeness of early Christianity.
May 10, 2017
What Herman Melville Can Teach Us About the Trump Era
He would point out that what plagues us are the sins of the past coming home to roost: America’s tolerance of bigotry and blindness to its own faults.
May 3, 2017
George Saunders’s Lincoln
The novel ‘
Lincoln in the Bardo’
examines the Civil War as the root of America’s violent past—and as a possible source of empathy that might release us from it.
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April 14, 2017
Hwang Jungeun’s Noisy, Crowded Space
achieves dense social meaning with spare prose.
E. Tammy Kim
March 29, 2017
Ali Smith’s Novel of Disintegration
’s recurring themes is our willed blindness to what threatens our sense of order—from climate change to financial and political insecurity.
March 22, 2017
Elif Batuman’s Bold and Defiantly Imperfect novel
Elif Batuman’s debut novel reminds us that part of the novel’s genius that it made room for the extraneous and the unplanned
March 20, 2017
Caught Between Modernity and Tradition
With sympathy and ruthlessness, U.R. Ananthamurthy’s novel
gives shape to the mutinies that raged within mid-century India.
March 13, 2017
Trump’s America Is Like a Dystopian Novel, With One Importance Difference
We’re not readers, but active participants—with the ability to rewrite the ending.